February 2016 Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

 Monday marked the beginning of the second semester. The school year is moving along very quickly. February will be a very busy month with a number of activities taking place both in the school and outside of the school.

 Students in the 7th grade Home and Careers Class are collecting personal hygiene items for Gerard Place. Tissues, tooth brushes, toothpaste and soap are some of the items needed by the residents at Gerard Place.

The Buffalo Public Schools is sponsoring a College, Career and Scholarship Expo on February 6th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bennett High School. At that time many college, career and scholarship organizations will be present to offer information to students and their parents. There will also be free application for Student Federal Aide (FAFSA) completion assistance. High school parents are encouraged to attend.

The United States Department of Education has asked Olmsted to participate in a longitudinal testing later this month. The testing is not extensive and only a random sample of students will be tested. Letters were sent home with the selected students.  Schools involved in the initial testing for this project will not be asked to participate in any follow-up testing.

An informational meeting for the parents of all 7th and 8th grade students who may be interested in playing Lacrosse is scheduled for Wednesday February 10th at 3:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Aubrey Lloyd, Director of Athletics, for the Buffalo Public Schools will be here. This meeting will not last longer than30 minutes.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday evening February 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Both the Boys’ and the Girls’ Basketball teams are doing well. Chances are they will play in sectionals at the end of the month. Play dates will be published on the school website. If you are able, please come and support the OWLS.

Two Olmsted athletes Brandon Roach and Isaiah McDuffie received honors recently. Brandon, a senior on our basketball team, made Olmsted history by reaching 1,000 points. Isaiah, a junior who plays football for Bennett, was named defensive player of the year by USA Today. Isaiah has committed to attending Syracuse University.

A number of internships are available for 11th and 12th grade students. Spots are available at Heart of the City, Grass Roots Gardens, Delaware Soccer Club, Gerard Place, Hall Walls, Latin American Cultural association (LACA), Housing Opportunities Made Equal and the Buffalo News. Students have been given the opportunity to sign up and will be starting in the near future.

Our Black History Program will take place on Friday February 26th at 9:00 a.m. in the school auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

The Booster Club is sponsoring a Fish Fry on Friday February 26th from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $11.00. Proceeds will benefit the Booster Club which supports club and sports activities within the school.

There is always a great deal happening within the school. For updates please look at our school website www.olmstedatkensington.org for all of the latest information on what is taking place at school.

 Upcoming Dates:

February 6th                  College, Career and Scholarship Expo 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Bennett HS)

February 8th                  Grade 7 Science Trip to HarborCenter

February 11th                Faculty Meeting (No Afterschool Program)

February 12th                Student Council Fundraiser for Emmett Jakubowski

February 15th                President’s Day (No School)

February 16th-19th          Mid-Winter Recess (No School)

February 22nd                SBMT Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

February 24th-25th          Longitudinal Testing

February 26th                Black History Program, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Booster Club Fish Fry

February 29th                High School Concert Band Performance at Kleinhan’s

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 816.4330.


Michael Gruber Ed.D.





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